Winter is the perfect time of year to begin planning for a new outdoor kitchen! Starting the process during the winter months gives you plenty of time to plan and decide exactly what you want out of your outdoor kitchen, whether you envision sleek stainless steel appliances or a rustic pizza oven on your patio. When you reach your planning stage, it’s important to keep in mind how you’ll use your space, what elements or appliances you want, and how the materials will stand the test of time in your kitchen.
Plan your Layout
An outdoor kitchen is an extension of your indoor living space and should feel as comfortable as you are inside of your home. When you’re planning your layout, consider how you’d like this area of your patio or deck to feel, since the outdoor kitchen defines its own space. L-shaped designs are popular choices because they offer a degree of division between spaces. Another factor to consider is the appliance placement. Establish hot and cold zones in your outdoor kitchen. You’ll want to avoid putting a gas grill or outdoor stovetop next to a refrigerator unit that is already running high in the heat of the summer.
This is one of the fun parts of designing your outdoor kitchen! There is a multitude of options for your appliances depending on what you and your family like and how you like to entertain. A few popular choices are:
- Built-in Refrigerators – The convenience of having cold drinks outside when it’s hot is invaluable. A small built-in fridge will prevent people from constantly going inside to get a drink.
- Grills or Smokers – Chances are if you’re looking to have an outdoor kitchen, you want something to cook on! Grills are popular as focal points, and there are many different options if you want a grill.
- Kegerators – If beer is a popular choice amongst your friends and family, this is a fun option for your outdoor kitchen. We suggest looking for a kegerator with at least two taps so you could even have root beer on tap for any children visiting your home.
Choosing the right building materials for your outdoor kitchen is critical to the longevity of your design and investment. The materials need to be extremely durable, from extreme heat and heavy rain in the summer to ice storms in the winter. Stainless steel is a really popular option because it’s tough and easy to clean, but if steel doesn’t match your aesthetic, consider tile for countertops. Tile is extremely versatile and comes in a bunch of colors and styles, along with being durable.
HONEYSUCKLE NURSERY AND DESIGN IS A CUT ABOVE THE REST!
At Honeysuckle Nursery and Design, you will get construction and maintenance crews on site who have a minimum of 10 years of experience in all types of landscaping. Our designers will work closely with you to understand how you want to use your space so that we can make the most of your entire site. We are committed to providing complete customer satisfaction and will work with you every step of the way to be sure that you are happy with your landscape design.
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